Matthew Burnett Homesite

Matthew Burnett Homesite (HMXV3)

Location: Cypress, TX 77429 Harris County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 57.259', W 95° 38.902'

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Texas Army Camp - April 16, 1836

Matthew Burnett (1795-1842) and his wife, Sarah (Simmons) (1797-1852), came to Texas from Arkansas in 1831 and settled south of here on Cypress Creek. Their home was near the "Harrisburg Road" which stretched 15 miles northwest to a crossroads at the home of their closest neighbor, Abram Roberts, and, in the other direction, 25 miles southeast to Harrisburg.

The interim government of the Republic of Texas stayed here briefly on March 22, 1836, while enroute to establish the Republic's new capital at Harrisburg. The Texas army, 1100 men under the command of Sam Houston, stopped here about dusk on April 16, 1836, after turning southeast at the Robert's crossroads earlier in the day. During their overnight stay they consumed most of Burnett's livestock and grains, and burned fence rails for fuel. The next morning the Texas army departed for Harrisburg. Four days later, on April 21, they routed the Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto, winning Texas independence from Mexico.

Having fled the area in the episode known as the "Runaway Scrape," the Burnetts returned after learning of the victory at San Jacinto. In the late 1830s and 1840s their home became a prominent landmark and well-known tavern on the road to the city of Houston.
Sam Houston Bicentennial 1793-1993
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HM NumberHMXV3
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Marker Number10623
Year Placed1993
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 11:36am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 244408 N 3316674
Decimal Degrees29.95431667, -95.64836667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 57.259', W 95° 38.902'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 57' 15.54" N, 95° 38' 54.12" W
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Area Code(s)281, 713, 832
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12411 Pleasant Grove Rd, Cypress TX 77429, US
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